This article critically examines the "hand in glove" assertion regarding qualitative research and social work practice. Distinctions are discussed across several domains: paradigm assumptions, goals, education and training, the clinical versus research relationship, and criteria for success. Although the parallels between qualitative research and practice are compelling, the demands of the clinical mandate conflict with the basic goals of qualitative research. Several caveats are offered for practitioners who seek to become qualitative researchers. For those willing and able, qualitative methods afford an opportunity for rigorous scholarship at its best.
- Clinical practice
- Naturalistic inquiry
- Qualitative methods
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science